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Château la Tour Blanche Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 1990

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Château La Tour Blanche:
Chateau La Tour Blanche is situated in the heart of The Sauternes Appellation. About 40 km south of Bordeaux, this appellation covers nearly 2100 hectares and encompasses the five villages of Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes.. The merging of The River Garonne and its colder tributary The Ciron creates a microclimate which accounts for the autumnal climate of early morning mists... Read more
Chateau La Tour Blanche is situated in the heart of The Sauternes Appellation. About 40 km south of Bordeaux, this appellation covers nearly 2100 hectares and encompasses the five villages of Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes.. The merging of The River Garonne and its colder tributary The Ciron creates a microclimate which accounts for the autumnal climate of early morning mists followed by bright sunny days. Consequently, botrytis cinerea, a microscopic fungus, finds itself in ideal conditions to develop on the grape berries causing an evaporation of the berries' water content. This phenomenon is known as Noble Rot ("Pourriture Noble"). Read less

External Reviews for Château la Tour Blanche Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Pungently botrytized aromas feature game, honey, marmalade, clove oil, charred oak and a whiff of herbs. Very concentrated and very young; the wine’s impressively thick texture is leavened by lively acidity and tangy botrytis tones. The honey, mint, mineral and fresh herbal flavors harmonize beautifully. Very long, smoky-oaky aftertaste. The best of these three vintages by a clear margin. Finishes with lower alcohol (13.2%) and higher sugar (72 g/l) than either the ’89 or ’88.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Perhaps the most remarkable story in Barsac/Sauternes is the tremendous progression in quality made by La Tour Blanche... The 1988 is astonishingly rich and deep, with a pervasively intense nose of botrytis. In the mouth, it is extremely full-bodied and powerful, with great persistence and intensity of flavor, as well as a fascinating balance between acidity and power. It is a gorgeous wine for drinking over the next 20-25 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Delicious and drinkable now, offering spice, ginger and pepper flavors and attractive hints of pear, melon and honey that might go well with Asian food.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright yellow color. vivid aromas of lemon and curd and honey, with a hint of almond. Medium- to full-bodied, medium sweet, with fresh acidity and a long, fruity aftertaste. Best after 2002.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Pungently botrytized aromas feature game, honey, marmalade, clove oil, charred oak and a whiff of herbs. Very concentrated and very young; the wineandrsquo;s impressively thick texture is leavened by lively acidity and tangy botrytis tones. The honey, mint, mineral and fresh herbal flavors harmonize beautifully. Very long, smoky-oaky aftertaste. The best of these three vintages by a clear margin. Finishes with lower alcohol (13.2%) and higher sugar (72 g/l) than either the andrsquo;89 or andrsquo;88.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Intense and exotic. Ripe and rich botrytis flavors explode on the palate to a long finish. Very sweet and full in body, it packs in the spice, white pepper, cream, coffee, quince and dried apricot notes.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Big and ripe, very sweet and full in body, with lots of tropical fruit, a lovely, creamy texture and some caramel, apricot and butter flavors. long finish. Try in 1998.


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